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WCC Baseball Recaps

May 20, 2007

Pepperdine - 4
Portland - 2

Portland, Ore. - Junior All-American Barry Enright allowed one earned run over nine innings and sophomore third baseman Chase d'Arnaud had three hits and two RBI to lead No. 25 Pepperdine to a 4-2 victory over Portland Sunday afternoon at Joe Etzel Field to complete the series sweep.

In tossing his third career complete-game and second of the season, Enright improved to 12-4 on the year and 35-7 in his career to help the Waves conclude the regular season 35-20 and 14-7 in West Coast Conference (WCC) play.

Enright and Portland starter Chris Siegfried (1-2) were locked in a pitcher's duel as they allowed a combined five hits through four innings.

The Waves finally broke the scoreless tie with three runs in the fifth inning against Siegfried. Adrian Ortiz opened the inning with a bunt single and one out later Danny Worth singled up the middle. Both runners moved up a base on a double steal and Donald Brown walked to load the bases.

After Ortiz scored on a balk by Siegfried, d'Arnaud singled to center field to drive in Worth and Brown to make it 3-0.

Portland finally broke through against Enright in the sixth, scoring an unearned run.

The Waves added to their lead in the seventh as d'Arnaud singled with two outs and Travis Tartamella followed with a walk ahead of a infield single by Eric Thames that scored d'Arnaud.

In his nine innings of work, Enright, scattered seven hits, allowed two runs (one earned), walked one and struck out eight, while lowering his ERA to 1.73. His 12 wins tie for ninth-most in a season in program history. Enright's complete-game effort also moved him into fourth place on Pepperdine's all-time innings pitched list with 346.2.

Pepperdine will now wait until Monday, May 28, to see if it receives one of 34-at-large bids to the 64-team NCAA Tournament. The entire field will be announced live on ESPN beginning at 9:30 a.m. (PDT).

Santa Clara - 5
Sacramento State - 3

SANTA CLARA, Caif. - The 2007 season ended on a positive note for the Santa Clara baseball team Sunday afternoon at Stephen Schott Stadium, as the Broncos registered another 5-3 victory over the Sacramento State Hornets to complete the two-game sweep. With the win, the Broncos finish the year with a 27-29 overall record, and a 9-12 mark in West Coast Conference play that is good for a tie for fourth place with Loyola Marymount and San Francisco.

Tommy Medica went 2-for-2 and drove in a pair of runs Sunday with his first collegiate home run, a shot to left-center in the bottom of the fifth that gave the Broncos a 3-2 lead that they would not surrender the rest of the way.

Carl Bacon and Kevin Drever had two hits and an RBI in their final games as Broncos, while David Hoffmire scored a run in his final game. The trio, along with Kyle Hartz, were honored in a pregame ceremony as part of the Senior Day festivities.

Medica's blast turned around Sacramento State's 2-1 lead, and SCU starter Matt Wickswat, after giving up two runs in the second inning, cruised through the next five innings, before being lifted with one out and one on in the eighth. He gave up three runs, only two earned, on six hits while striking out six over seven and a third innings to get the win and finish the year 7-5.

The Broncos answered Montana Dye's two-run homer in the second with a run of their own, as Evan LeBlanc, who went 2-for-4 on the day, doubled to lead off the frame and two batters later scored on Drever's fielder's choice to make it 2-1.

Medica's blast in the fifth put SCU up 3-2, and in the seventh, Bacon's single through the right side plated Medica from second. The run came in handy as the Hornets got an unearned run after Patrick Cummins reached on an error to lead off the eighth, and came in from second on Blake Crosby's single off of reliever Alex Rivers.

Yet after SCU got an unearned run of their own to make it 5-3 in their half of the eighth, Steve Kalush, who had come on to get the final out of the Hornet half of the frame, held Sacramento State scoreless in the ninth for his fourth save of the year, and second in as many days.